Distributive policy

Abu Dhabi signs the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact

Abu Dhabi has signed the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP), demonstrating its commitment to reducing food waste and developing a more sustainable food system.

The pact was signed at the recent World Wholesale Markets Union 2022 Conference held in Abu Dhabi under the theme “Global Food Security in the 21st Century: Risks, Challenges and Solutions to Secure Supply Chains”. ‘resilient and sustainable fresh produce supply’.

The Milan Pact involves more than 250 cities representing 450 million inhabitants. It includes recommendations and actions that support good law and systems planning, governance, production and distribution of sustainable food systems and supply networks, social and economic equity and how to avoid waste of resources. food.

According to the Abu Dhabi Media Bureau, Dr Salem Al Kaabi, DG of Operational Affairs at the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) said: “Food security is of paramount importance for the sustainability and continuity of life quality. DMT seeks to support the goal of food security by providing subsidized food distribution centers throughout the emirate to ensure easy access to food products for the citizens of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The department also improves food security and sustainability by developing a sustainable transport solution, managing licenses and facilitating procedures to support investments in the agricultural sector.

Saeed Al Bahri Al Ameri, CEO of the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority, said: “All the cities signing the pact will have an invaluable opportunity to exchange experiences, work together and benefit from the experiences of ‘other countries. By doing so, food security institutions can strengthen their capacities and develop integrated strategies to overcome future and present challenges.

“Using an integrated food security and agriculture data platform, the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Security Authority collects the data needed for security-related decision-making and provides alerts to ensure food safety emergencies and risks are addressed quickly. Our team also strives to provide accurate information on the food and agriculture sector in Abu Dhabi. A comprehensive dashboard allows us to monitor the food security situation locally, regionally and globally.

Mohamed Al Khadar Al Ahmed, CEO of Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi – KEZAD Group, said: “This agreement aligns with the broader framework of the UAE’s long-term strategy for food security and sustainability, and reflects the vision of our wise leadership to support local, regional and international efforts to build resilient supply chains for our community and for future generations The Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi (KEZAD) group is developing the infrastructure that will support Abu Dhabi in the pursuit of MUFPP objectives, including advanced storage facilities suitable for all types of food that contribute to food security and reduce levels of food waste and spoilage.. Additionally, we are developing production facilities that will support local food production with the highest international health and safety standards.”

Anna Scavuzzo, Vice Mayor of Milan in charge of Food Policy, said: “We welcome Abu Dhabi to our network of more than 250 cities around the world that are committed to more sustainable food systems. Collectively, cities can be at the forefront of tackling hunger issues and achieving major food systems transformation, and with its long-term strategy and strong leadership, Abu Dhabi is well positioned to play a key role in our efforts.